We went to Bali years ago and though it is a beautiful island we did not have the best time.  Traveling has it’s ups and downs and some places don’t always meet expectation.  Even though I didn’t love Bali at first, there were still many highlights of the trip that we enjoyed.  Here’s a few of my favorite things to do in Bali.

Tanah Lot Temple

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Tanah lot was definitely my favorite site in Bali.  The temple is built on a rock in the middle of the ocean accessible by foot only during low tide.  Watching the sunset here was simply amazing.  There are no words to describe the beauty of watching the sun melt into the ocean behind the temple.  We actually visited this temple twice, the first time was in a torrential downpour and we didn’t get to see the sunset so of course we had to come back.  
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tanah lot sunset

You do see locals fishing and gather molluscs here which I found fascinating and hungry!!  I love fresh seafood and if I hadn’t been too embarrassed I would have asked what they caught.

tanah lot

tanah lot

Nusa Dua Beach

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This beach is simply beautiful.  It’s exactly what I look for in a beach, clear blue water, with powdery white sand.  And it was virtually deserted!  We swam and basked in the sunlight while watching a local fish for dinner.  We also chanced upon some sort of ritual going on but didn’t venture over to pry.
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nusa dua

nusa dua bali

The only downside was we did notice some trash on the beach left I believe by tourists, which makes me very very sad.  Please leave no trace behind!

nusa dua beach

And of course on our way back to our villa, we spotted a noodle cart and had to stop by for a bite.  I can never say no to noodles!

nusa dua beach


ubud spa

The spas and treatments in Bali are glorious and so inexpensive.  We had 4 hour treatments at a beautiful location in Ubud for about $50 USD.  This included your own private room with a rose petal bath overlooking a rice paddy.  So tranquil!

ubud spa

The view from the soaking tub, ahhh, I still dream about this place.

bali spa

We were surrounded by beautiful bowls of flowers everywhere.

ubud spa

After the treatments they served us delicious hot tea.

The specific spa we went to was Kayana and the service was absolutely excellent.  We bought a package for massages, facial, and scrub.  Everything was perfect, though do mention allergies to them.  I’m allergic to cucumbers and this was part of their natural facial treatment!  

kayma spa bali

kayma spa bali

Jimbaran Bay for Dinner

jimbaran beach

I love nothing more than dining on the beach with my toes in the sand.  We had an excellent seafood dinner at Jimbaran Bay.  You get to pick your own live seafood and they cook it for you, doesn’t get much fresher than that.

jimbaran beach

But surprisingly my absolute favorite food item in all of Bali was from the corn vendor on the beach here.  Yes, I left my table and walked over and bought an ear of corn.  Fresh roasted and covered with spicy lime coconut oil, it was heavenly.  You know there’s food items that bring you back to a place, every time I think about this place I think about Bali.

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Obu Oka Babi Guling 

bali pork bourdain

This is a specialty roast pork restaurant in Ubud.  After watching an episode of Anthony Bourdain dine here, we knew we had to go eat their specialty roasted pork and we were not disappointed.  This was by far the best pork I’ve ever had.  Each morsal tender and bursting with flavor, and the crackling of skin, let’s just say I still dream about it.  It’s sad to say this was the sole reason we went to Ubud.  We were hungry little piggies.

ibu oka

babi gulin

And we washed it down with a nice fresh coconut.

bali pork bourdain

Stayed tuned for my next post on tips for traveling to Bali!  If you have more time in Bali I would recommend checking out the Gili Islands!  We did not have enough time to go unfortunately but the beaches there look amazing.

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